National Museum, a walk and pickpocketed on the metro

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The National Museum in Athens

Walked to the National Museum in the morning. Just in front of the museum, this strange looking couple approached me and the guy asked if I spoke English, I said yes, and he asked for some money. He said he was a drug addict but needed the money to sleep! I refused and they walked away. Maybe I should have given them some money because by the end of the day I would have been pick-pocketed!


I spent 2 hours looking at various antiquties, including the striking gold mask excavated by Henrich Schleman (sp?) in the Myceanian age.

A beautiful golden horned bovine head
Neolithic potteries dating back almost 8 thousand years. A beautiful bronze statue of Zeus and the tiny boy on a big horse.


Went back to the hotel and rested for most of the afternoon before heading out about 6pm. I took some photos again at the National Library, this time I went inside. And the Academy, before the sun was set. Then I took the metro to Acropolis again and walked the streets of Plaka where there were lots of wallking streets lined with shops and restaurants. It was a pleasant walk and I ended up at the Tower of Winds again. Deciding between going to the Monument of unknown soldiers or back to the hotel, I opted to head back. I entered the subway again which I had taken the other day. This one was pretty crowded, and when I got on, there were several men who got on before me but they stood near the door not going further inside.

a striking gold mask found by Schliemann from the Mycenae dig he called "Mask of Agamemnon". It was obviously a great piece which attracted people from a distance without knowing what it was.
I was right at the door. I only had one stop to go. I had a funny feeling wondering why these people didn't move further in, and looked down to see my pouch was unzipped. and my wallet missing. I immediately knew the guy in front of me had taken it and I grabbed him and said You took my wallet, give it back! It was still very crowded and I couldn't see his hands because he had a bag in front of him, but he dropped my wallet and I picked it up, looking inside, the cash was gone! Another quick look, my ATM card, driver's license and credit cards were still there. I did not let the guy go but tried to get my money back, patting down his pockets. But apparently he had handed the money to his accomplices, I thought there were 3 of them working together from the look of them. I checked one of them and no money either. I was making quite a scene on the metro doing this I was sure. But these guys let me look into their pocklets, bags and I had no luck and had no choice but to let him go.


It was stupid of me to have the cash in the wallet and not guarding it more carefully. I suppose I had not been pick-pocketed in a long time and had gotten complacent. Well, that's an expensive lesson and reminder. At least he only took the cash and not my passport and other stuff which would have been a real pain.


It's too bad that my trip to Athens had an unpleasant ending, but now I am vigilant again and you will also be warned and be careful when you visit Athens.

sylviandavid says:
Portia, How bold you are! Good for you for making a fuss and getting your walle back... I am so happy that you had only lost cash...the rest is difficult to replace... So many people would have been too shaken to do anything... Those three probably planned on taking more but their lady victim didn't cooperate! Plus it alerted everyone else... Sylvia
Posted on: Oct 03, 2008
cmgervais says:
Sorry to hear it happened to you too...
Posted on: Sep 13, 2008
portia says:
yeah, at least I found out in time to do that...
Posted on: Sep 05, 2008
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The National Museum in Athens
The National Museum in Athens
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A beautiful golden horned bovine …
a striking gold mask found by Schl…
a striking gold mask found by Sch…
another view of the bovine head
another view of the bovine head
Gold riches from Mycenae
Gold riches from Mycenae
more golden death masks
more golden death masks
more golden death masks
more golden death masks
the largest extant Myceaean golden…
the largest extant Myceaean golde…
I liked the octopus on these vases
I liked the octopus on these vases
a fancy Mycenaean bronze dagger fr…
a fancy Mycenaean bronze dagger f…
golden ear rings, bracelets, neckl…
golden ear rings, bracelets, neck…
a bunch of 7-8000 year old Neolith…
a bunch of 7-8000 year old Neolit…
Monumental Attic Grave-amphora. 76…
Monumental Attic Grave-amphora. 7…
the main scene shows the prothesis…
the main scene shows the prothesi…
another part of the same grave-amp…
another part of the same grave-am…
some beautiful figures on the base…
some beautiful figures on the bas…
6 athletes on the left side of the…
6 athletes on the left side of th…
the right side of the base, showin…
the right side of the base, showi…
grave stele, one of the most beaut…
grave stele, one of the most beau…
Bronze statuette of Poseidon, foun…
Bronze statuette of Poseidon, fou…
the side view showing his beard
the side view showing his beard
and the full view
and the full view
A magnificent  bronze statue of Ze…
A magnificent bronze statue of Z…
the top of a cauldron
the top of a cauldron
sign showing what the cauldron loo…
sign showing what the cauldron lo…
a head with snakes!
a head with snakes!
exquisite ear rings!
exquisite ear rings!
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a beautiful piece of hairnet with…
braided strap with Herakles knot, …
braided strap with Herakles knot,…
From the Egyptian collection
From the Egyptian collection
From the Egyptian collection
From the Egyptian collection
cat mummy
cat mummy
a beautiful bracelet
a beautiful bracelet
bronze statue of a horse a young j…
bronze statue of a horse a young …
a dog!
a dog!
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group of Aphrodite, Pan and Eros,…
a smashed in face of a statue
a smashed in face of a statue
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view of Acropolis
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